From the 2005 world cup India failed to achieved it , India have a shot at creating history in front of a packed house at Lord’s on Sunday (July 23) when they take on hosts England in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 finale.
Some factors that will be vital to their success:
A decent start that matters –
Smriti Mandhana announced herself by setting the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 alight with a berserk 90 and 106 in India’s first two games. Those knocks made her a key part of the opponents’ homework and once the left-hander’s shortcoming against the fuller-length balls was exposed, she has gone on silent mode. India womens team have good option to start up with better score against England.
The death threat-
Raj switched gears in their tournament opener against England to set the hosts a record chase; Veda Krishnamurthy hammered an aggressive 70 in the knockout clash against New Zealand to give India an above-par total; and Harmanpreet Kaur single-handedly batted Australia out of the semifinal.
In the final ten overs of the three aforementioned games, India added 78, 90 and 129 to their score, which proved to be the difference between a good total and a daunting one.
Spin Factor to win it –
Off-spinning allrounder Deepti Sharma is leading the way with 12 wickets, and can potentially finish as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker. Legspinner Poonam Yadav and left-armer Ekta Bisht have nine each. Rajeshwari Gayakwad (5 for 15) and Bisht (5 for 18), in fact, hold the record for the two best bowling figures in this edition. Against England’s formidable batting, the onus would be on the spinners to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs.
The Lord’s factor-
Lord’s will present a whole new challenge to both sides – the iconic venue would be as new to England as it is to India, for it hasn’t hosted any previous fixtures of the tournament. Apart from the skillset, what will prove to be a deciding factor is just how well the team can hold their nerves in a high-octane clash. If India can ensure they’re not overawed by the occasion, the venue and an unprecedented audience, the battle would be half won.Via